Chuck Berry to release new album at 90

Chuck Berry to release new album at 90

Released on the Nashville-based label Dualtone, the album is the belated follow-up to Rock It, which came out in 1979.

"What an honor to be part of this new music", says Charles Berry Jr. "My darlin' I'm growing old", Berry said in a statement. "Now I can hang up my shoes!" he said. Entitled simply Chuck, the long-brewing LP is due out from Dualtone Records next year.

He was given a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 1984.

The singer-songwriter, considered by many as the forefather of rock'n'roll, reached the milestone age on Tuesday (18Oct16) and delighted fans by revealing plans for a new offering - nearly four decades after his record Rock It hit shelves in 1979. Chuck Berry has announced he is to release a new album, after a 38-year wait, reports Billboard. "This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy", he said in a statement.

"Chuck Berry is an enigma", said documentary filmmaker Taylor Hackford, maker of Berry documentary, "Hail!"

He is backed for the album by two of his children- guitarist Charles Berry Jr. and harmonica player Ingrid Berry.

According to Berry's longtime bassist, Jimmy Marsala,"Chuck" may have been in the works since "Rock It" was completed back in '79.

Beginning in 1955, at age 29, Berry helped lay the foundation for rock "n" roll with Maybelline, followed by hits such as Roll Over Beethoven, Johnny B. Goode, School Days and No Particular Place to Go. "But underneath it all, he's an immensely talented artist - one of the most complete I've ever met". (Unfortunately, that guitar was eventually lost in a fire.) The performance captured here is a prime example not only of Jennings' equal footing in rock & roll and country music, but of Chuck Berry's vast influence on both genres, an influence that has only stretched and strengthened in the ensuing decades. "And I think Paul McCartney and I both agree he's one of the greatest writers in the history of music".